POPULUXE: SUPPLEMENTAL VIDEOS After our class lecture on the American Dream of suburban bliss in the Age of Populuxe, please take a look at some of the following videos on YouTube as supplemental sources for understanding this version of the American dream and some of its components. 1. The song “Little Boxes,” written by the Bay area musician Malvina Reynolds, speaks to the conformity of the tract homes (see Levittown discussion in the Cullen text) and the deeper emphasis on Conformity in the dominant culture. (Note how the song has been adapted as the theme for the Showtime program “Weeds,” which casts a critical eye on contemporary suburban values and practices.) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ywgJLw21UqU (The song is performed by classic folk singer Pete Seeger. Folk music enjoyed a great revival during the period of Populuxe.) 2. After the discussion of the fear of the Bomb, see the classic instructional video on how to cope, “Duck and Cover”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dK2UZ3YTLIY
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This note was uploaded on 09/08/2010 for the course AMS 169 at San Jose State.